Traffic light coalition: Minister of the Greens: So fierce was the fight for posts

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When awarding the green ministerial posts, Özdemir prevailed against Hofreiter. Göring-Eckardt is also not taken into account.

Responsible, state supportive, almost a bit nerdy, that has been the appearance of the Greens in recent years. One could almost forget that the party was still on the opposition bench. Now the party is arriving where it had wanted to be for so long – at the cabinet table. The Federal Foreign Office, the Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection, the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Family Affairs should, if the parties agree, be in green hands in the future.

Hardly had that been decided than the Greens, otherwise so disciplined in the end, had a solid dispute over the staff. The left wing of the party and the Realos fought for influence in the future cabinet until late Thursday evening. Shortly before ten o’clock it was clear: Ex-party leader Cem Ozdemir is in – and the top of the parliamentary group from Anton Hofreiter and Katrin Göring-Eckardt comes out empty. In an email, Federal Managing Director Michael Kellner informed the party members about the staff that the federal executive board had agreed on. As expected, the party nominated its chairman Robert Habeck as Vice Chancellor and Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection. Party leader Annalena Baerbock is to become foreign minister.

Greens: Violent dispute over ministerial posts

The other three positions had been heatedly argued on Thursday. Because with Habeck and Baerbock, two really are part of the team. The left wing of the party wanted the faction leader Anton Hofreiter like to see the Minister of Agriculture. But it has now become someone else: the former party leader Cem Özdemir, still one of the most famous faces of the party. Özdemir won his constituency directly in the federal election with 40 percent of the first votes. In the evening, the Green Baden-Württemberg Finance Minister Danyal Bayaz and the Hamburg Green Katharina Fegebank, Second Mayor of the Hanseatic city, spoke out in favor of him as Minister. “I cannot imagine a cabinet with green participation in which Cem Özdemir is not part,” wrote Bayaz on Twitter. “And I think: that’s how it is for most of the people in this country.”

With Habeck, Baerbock and Özdemir, the three most famous green cabinet members are real. The counterweight is formed by two women from the left camp: Steffi Lemke from Saxony-Anhalt is a member of the Bundestag and was federal manager of the Greens from 2002 to 2013. she should Federal Environment Minister will.



For the job of family minister, parliamentary group leader Göring-Eckardt was the favorite. But the Thuringian is also part of the real part of the party. To avoid a four-to-one imbalance and prevent the feminist Greens from sending more men than women into the cabinet, the house had to go to the left wing. Appearance: Anne Spiegel. The 40-year-old is currently Environment Minister in Rhineland-Palatinate, previously she had headed the Family Ministry there for five years.

Claudia Roth, so far Vice President of the Bundestag, is to become Minister of State for Culture and the Media.

The green ministerial team is now tasked with implementing the Green’s core project, climate neutrality in Germany. “It is no coincidence that these ministries were chosen that way,” said party leader Robert Habeck on Thursday afternoon. “A four-leaf clover” are the houses run by the Greens, with the foreign ministry made of stem or flower, selected according to where the party can implement the most. He appealed to his party to approve the contract in the ballot. If reality becomes different and better through green ideas, “then we can be proud”.

Greens have to agree to traffic lights: Now the members decide

One of these ideas is the significant expansion of green electricity. The coalition agreement stipulates that 80 percent of the electricity consumed should come from renewable energies by 2030. In concrete terms, this means that Germany’s roofs will be covered with solar systems in the coming years – “all suitable roof areas” should produce electricity in the future.

The number of wind turbines must also increase drastically if the ambitious goal is to be achieved, and this everywhere, including in the south, where there is much less wind, so far. Because Germany is densely populated, in the next few years wind turbines will grow in the vicinity of many villages. The traffic light wants to counter the conflicts that arise by allowing the municipalities to share in the revenue.

Cem Özdemir now has the difficult task of converting agriculture so that nature, farmers and consumers all benefit from it. How this should work can be seen in the example of animal husbandry in the coalition agreement: There should be mandatory labeling for the animal husbandry conditions, which also takes transport and slaughter into account. At the same time, farmers should receive money to improve the keeping conditions. The costs for this are to be borne by “market participants” – including buyers, who will then leave more money at the till in favor of animal husbandry. How much is not yet clear.

Overall, the quota for organic farming is to increase significantly, from currently around 10 to 30 percent by 2030. The use of pesticides is to be “significantly reduced”.

The party members now have to decide whether these and other projects are “green” enough in the coalition agreement. They have ten days from Friday to vote on whether the party should enter a government with this coalition agreement and this staff.


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